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  • Climate change, fuel prices cutting into forests

    Devastating fires caused by climate change are threatening forests in Lebanon, in turn accelerating the pace of global warming, an environmental activist has warned.“We are witnessing a rise in temperature which leads to the dryness of forest soil and pushes it towards desertification,” Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine, director-general of the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC), a ...


    By IRIN

  • Valtras at work in Czech forest

    The forests of Bohemia in the mountainous northern and western regions of the Czech Republic are alive with the sound of Valtra tractors hard at work. A Valtra 6300 with 24,000 hours on the clock is transporting branches from the logging site to the side of the road, where a new S Series produces woodchips for a nearby power plant. The 200 employees of the Czech company Solitera work in ...

  • Restoring forests: an opportunity for Africa

    New research shows that Africa offers some of the greatest opportunities globally for restoring forests. This post originally appeared on Mongabay. Tropical forest news last week was dominated by Indonesia and Brazil. Forest clearing has surged over the past year in parts of ...

  • Forest industries a priority in Europe

    The European Commission has adopted a 19-point plan to address the challenges facing forest-based industries, which are adapting to deal with increased global competition, climate change and energy and wood supply availability. Important competitiveness challenges cover innovation, access to non-EU markets and high energy and transport costs. Moreover, the access to and availability of new and ...

  • Sweden discovers diesel in its forests

    After six years of research and 300 million krona ($47 million CAD), Sweden's largest oil company Preem has announced it's latest alternative fuel will enter the domestic market in April 2011.  Preem Evolution Diesel is being touted as the world's first truly green diesel. While bio-fuel is not a new invention, it has been accompanied with controversy as the biomass is often derived from an ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Putting People at the Centre of Forest Policies - The State of the World`s Forests (SOFO)

    Countries should put more policy emphasis on maintaining and enhancing the vital contributions of forests to livelihoods, food, health and energy, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today. FAO's flagship publication The State of the World's Forests(SOFO), presented today at the opening of the 22nd Session of the  ...

  • A new climate for the forest products industry

    The forest products sector holds an enormous stake in the coming economy defined by resource constraints, climate change policies, and shifting consumer values. What was once a simple business of turning trees into lumber and paper is now uniquely positioned—or exposed to—political and economic forces that are reshaping regulatory and market landscapes. Less than five percent of the world’s ...

  • Forests are key to the greening of European economies

    European countries are encouraged to apply the principles of a green economy in the forest sector by 2020, FAO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said today at the opening of the European Forest Week (9-13 December) in Rovaniemi, Finland. Europe's forest ministers and other high-level delegates from 40 countries ...

  • Colorado forest fires and the climate connection

    While many Americans set up camp to watch fireworks on July 4th, those in the Western U.S. were not as lucky. Firefighters didn’t get a holiday reprieve as they battled ongoing forest fires in Colorado. Plus, at least 40 cities in the state as well as many in neighboring states cancelled their fireworks shows due to the high risk of sparking new fires. Disappointed fireworks fans were the ...

  • NACF: Mississippi Foresters Anticipate Biomass Boost

    HOUSTON - Mississippi tree farmers look forward to new biomass facilities in the state providing a new market for wood, according to an article published Saturday in the Clarion-Ledger. The Jackson, Miss.-based paper reported that the state's future as a biomass and biofuels hub was one of the topics discussed at a forestry summit last Friday at the Old Capitol Museum hosted by Lt. Gov. Phil ...

  • Squelching Sierra fires left forest ready to burn

    Unnaturally long intervals between wildfires and years of drought primed the Sierra Nevada for the explosive conflagration chewing up the rugged landscape on the edge of Yosemite National Park, forestry experts say. The fire had ravaged 288 square miles by Tuesday night, making it the biggest fire in the Sierra's recorded history and one of the largest on record in California. Containment held ...


    By Associated Press

  • Improving livelihoods for poorer forest dwellers in Nepal

    Community forestry in Nepal claims to be a successful model of participatory, community-based forest management, and there is considerable evidence that it is improving forest protection and regeneration. However, community forestry makes only a limited contribution to improving rural livelihoods. New research suggests that social factors may be limiting the access of poorer households to ...

  • Sweden’s biggest forest owner seeks partners in Europe

    Sveaskog owns 3.3 million hectares of productive forest land and is thereby Sweden’s biggest forest owner. By taking part in World Bioenergy 2010 the company hopes to make international business contacts in the biofuel sector. “For a while now we’ve noticed great interest from European energy companies who want to use more forest raw materials in their heating and power ...


    By Elmia AB

  • Dried mushrooms slow climate warming in northern forests

    The fight against climate warming has an unexpected ally in mushrooms growing in dry spruce forests covering Alaska, Canada, Scandinavia and other northern regions, a new UC Irvine study finds. When soil in these forests is warmed, fungi that feed on dead plant material dry out and produce significantly less climate-warming carbon dioxide than fungi in cooler, wetter soil. This came as a surprise ...

  • Forests` long-term potential for carbon offsetting

    As well as cutting our fossil fuel emissions, planting new forests, or managing existing forests or agricultural land more effectively can capitalise on nature’s ability to act as a carbon sink. Research published online in the open access journal Carbon Balance and Management shows that although planting trees alone is unlikely to solve our climate problems, large-scale plantations could have a ...

  • Managed forests and renewable wood reduce greenhouse gases

    Forests, and the wood-products they produce, can absorb or produce highly variable amounts of CO2, depending on how they are managed. New research provides guidelines for harvesting forests, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Wood is a renewable resource and the greatest environmental benefits from using wood occur when it is used first in the construction industry, and then recycled, if ...

  • BTEC and RPG Awarded Grant by U.S. Forest Service

    The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) and Resource Professional Group (RPG) today announced that they were awarded a $70,000 grant by the U.S. Forest Service’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC). The project will promote energy cost savings and environmental improvement of commercial buildings by educating building architects and biomass appliance manufacturers on wood energy. ...

  • Sustaining forest ecosystem services: lessons for REDD

    A recent report has demonstrated that paying people to avoid clearing forests in developing countries can be a low-cost and effective way to tackle climate change and preserve valuable ecosystem services, providing governments are able to manage their forests effectively. Forests provide a wide range of services: food, fuel, building materials, freshwater, climate regulation, flood control, ...

  • Asia Pacific Bucks World Trend in Forest Cover

    While global forest cover is moving on a downward spiral with a loss of nearly 130 million hectares of forest worldwide, Asia Pacific's forest cover has grown by some 24 million hectares over 20 years. Seven million of Asia's forests have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, according a new UNEP report released today. "This region accounts for nearly half of global trend emissions," ...

  • Canada puts oil exploitation before forests

    Detailed evidence that Canada’s vast natural areas are undergoing major changes because of climate change is produced in a new report by Natural Resources Canada. The government body describes problems with disappearing glaciers, sea level rise, melting permafrost and ...


    By Climate News Network

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